Helping rural people into the future…

Our Offices will be closed from Saturday 22 December and will reopen on Monday 7 January 2019. Have a safe and happy Festive Season.

We’re here to help you work towards a brighter future – whether it’s ongoing drought, poor production, declining markets or anything else affecting your business and your life. Our Counsellors can identify options and work towards a brighter future for you.

We help primary producers, fishers and small rural businesses. Our service is free and our Counsellors and organisation are professional, independent and discreet. Your confidentiality is assured.

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We help you to identify and assess the options – ultimately it’s your decision.

‘Most people work to meet each day’s needs and often do not consider or plan for the future. Rural Financial Counsellors can provide information to assist you with making longer term plans and put into practice actions which will make your future more certain”

Beverly Houterman
Counsellor - Crookwell
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‘Its been tough out here in recent years and it will be a long-haul for people to recover from the extended drought. People need to be realistic, to plan and that is where we can help. Its been hard for the region and the flow on effects are being felt by everyone – it’s not just farming families coming through our doors now.’

Darren Macartney
Counsellor - Hay
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“We all live in rural communities that will only grow and prosper, if rural businesses can provide opportunities for the next generation.”

“I have a strong personal understanding of the many challenges faced by rural communities, farmers and their families today. Weather extremes (droughts & floods) and volatile markets affect us all.”

Elke Cleverdon
Counsellor - Young
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First and foremost your farm is a business and if it isn’t paying the bills then I may be able to help you get back on track

Graeme Witte
Counsellor - Wentworth
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‘The last 10 years have been difficult to manage for most farm managers with low rainfall and water allocations with a challenging economic and political environment. In preparing for the next 10 years all business managers need to plan for the next drought by using their experience of the recent past to determine their strategies for the future. A changing global economy will present great opportunities for food producers and we have to prepare our businesses to capture the rewards against very strong international competitors.’

Graham Christie
Counsellor - Coleambally
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“I am extremely proud to be the Rural Financial Counsellor for Griffith and Leeton. I bring to the position a wealth of prior knowledge from rural programs, and will be an understanding and successful counsellor, supporting our local farmers into the future.”

Haidee Laycock
Counsellor - Griffith / Leeton
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‘I come from a farming family so I know what it can be like looking down the barrel of yet another bad season, it can be tough – really tough. A big part of our service is making it easy for people to take that first step to talk to us – we’re happy to visit you on farm to make it easier.’

Kevin McCrum
Counsellor - Ganmain
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“No matter what the season is doing, now is the time to think about taking a proactive approach and to really plan for the future of your business.”

Linda McLean
Counsellor - Hillston
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‘I’ve had a lifelong involvement with agribusiness which enables me to provide an independent, objective assessment of your business. We can discuss the current situation along with options and plans for the future. The only cost involved is your time – the Rural Financial Counselling Service is a free service!’

Murray Freshwater
Counsellor - Deniliquin
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Peter works from our Bega and Cooma offices covering Canberra to the coast and down to the Victorian border. Peter is also employed to specifically assist farmers in the dairy industry and as such is available to assist other dairy farmers outside this area if required.

Peter Muirhead
Counsellor - Monaro / South Coast
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I was raised on a farm and have experienced first-hand the factors that can lead to financial hardship – factors such as unfavourable swings in weather conditions and commodity prices, and production difficulties.
I am keen to assist rural people on the South Coast by applying my extensive financial and business analytical skills and experience. I welcome the opportunity to come up with options to take your business and financial circumstances forward.
I conduct my work in a professional, independent, confidential and understanding way

Steve Jarick
Counsellor - Huskisson
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